Tomorrow is a PA Day for students and staff. The PA Day is designated for the purpose of Assessment and Evaluation. Teachers will be using the day to work on Term One Report Cards. This year, the term one report card will take into account the learning that is taking place online. Therefore, it is very important for your child to participate in virtual lessons. We thank you for your continued support as we embrace online learning!
Due to the extension of the provincial lockdown, we will be postponing the elementary school model change request opportunity. We will share more information on next steps and new timelines when available. Thank you for your support and understanding.
As a reminder, French Immersion registration begins this Friday, January 15. You can now access the pre-recorded French Immersion Information Session, which includes commonly asked questions and answers, on our website.
Grade 1 French Immersion Information Sessions and Registrations
What is French Immersion?
- In French Immersion, students receive instruction in French in a variety of subjects from a teacher who speaks French fluently.
- The French Immersion program begins in Grade 1 and is designed for children whose first language is not French.
- In Grades 1, 2 and 3, all subjects are taught in French. Starting in Grade 4, time is shared equally between French and English instruction.
- The French Immersion program continues in high school.
- Secondary school students must earn at least 10 French Immersion credits to qualify for the French Immersion Certificate upon graduation.
- For the first few months of Grade 1, the children do not acquire skills identical to those learned by children in an English program as the focus is on learning in French.
- There may be certain lags in English Language Arts skills in the first few years of the program, but by the end of the elementary grades, successful French Immersion students perform as well as their peers in a regular English program.
- Communication with parents/guardians is in English including, but not limited to, report cards, newsletters and parent-teacher interviews.
- Reading to a child at home in a child’s native language can strengthen literacy skills. Research studies confirm that children achieve greater academic success when parents read frequently (daily) to them.
- There is only one entry point into French immersion in YRDSB; Grade 1.
This year our Information session for Grade 1 entry into the French Immersion (FI) program will take place virtually on January 14, 2021. You can access the pre-recorded French Immersion Information Session, which includes commonly asked questions and answers, on our website.
FI registration will begin on January 15, 2021. Parents or guardians of Senior Kindergarten students entering Grade 1 in 2021, and wishing to enrol in the FI Program, can email or call their home school office and indicate their intention to enrol. The home school will notify the French Immersion school, and the French Immersion school will contact you by phone or email to collect any necessary information. You are asked to register by February 5, 2021. Registration during this period is not first come, first served.
Late registrations are those submitted after February 5, 2021. Late registrations will be treated on a first- come, first-served basis and will be considered subsequent to registrations received during the registration period should overflow be necessary.
YRDSB’s FI Accommodation Plan provides long-term consistency and equity of access to all students in York Region and will enable YRDSB to continue to offer the FI program to all who wish to enrol. The FI program will be offered in Dual Track or Single Track settings, in a variety of configurations. In order to meet community needs and optimize available space in our schools, a community’s Grade 1-8 FI program may be provided over more than one school during the course of a student’s FI education. Space requirements at some schools may mean that siblings are in different schools for primary dual track French Immersion programs due to differing grade structures. Like any of our schools across the Board, changes to school boundaries, and/or the accommodation model for the French Immersion program may need to be considered when new schools open, a school experiences enrolment growth, and program changes occur. This will allow flexibility in addressing community needs and the opportunity to use existing space in schools.
More information is available on the Board’s website: www.yrdsb.ca. Please note: Some of the FI accommodation plans will require facility modifications or the development of new schools and will require short-term transition plans that might include overflow while we work toward the long-term vision. Overflow refers to situations in which the Board directs students to attend a school other than their community school or optional program for a specific period of time, as defined in Policy #108.
Timelines for students in Grade 8 going to Grade 9 for September 2021:
· Gr. 8 students will be working with their homeroom teachers on transition planning and using My Pathway Planner in the next few weeks. Please connect with your child’s homeroom teacher should you have any questions.
· Grade 8 students will not be submitting registration forms for YRDSB secondary schools. Starting on February 16th, 2021, submitted course selections will function as their registration. The deadline for course selections, completed through My Pathway Planner, is February 24, 2021 at 4pm by pressing ‘submit’. There will be no printing or signatures required by schools.
· Any grade 8 students not continuing in YRDSB for grade 9 must use the “Not returning” option that will appear in the course selection tool when the course selection window opens on February 16th, 2021.
· Families interested in a transfer to a different high school (Westmount is our feeder school) must request an electronic Transfer Request Form from the home school and submit it to their elementary home school. The elementary school tracks and forwards the transfer form via email to the home secondary school. Transfer Request Forms are due to Wilshire E.S. by February 4th, 2021.
Switching Modes of Learning: Face to Face and Elementary Virtual Schools
Families will have the opportunity to SWITCH their mode of learning from:
Face to Face to Elementary Virtual Schools (Online)
Elementary Virtual Schools (Online) to Face to Face
Emails will be sent out from the York Region District School Board next week with the following tentative timelines:
|January 11-12||Communication of Process to families|
|January 15||Survey Opens|
|January 19||Survey Closes|
|February 12||Last day in current class|
|February 16||First day in new classes (EVS and Face to Face)|
This will be the last opportunity for changes to your child’s mode of learning. Please continue to monitor your emails for the latest information.
Kindergarten registration for September 2021 begins Friday, January 15 for the 2021-22 school year. Children who turn four or five years old during 2021, live within the school boundary and whose parents/guardians are public school tax supporters will be eligible to register for Kindergarten.
There are several ways you can register for Kindergarten:
- Online -Families can access the online Kindergarten registration information at www.yrdsb.ca/kindergarten. It is recommended that families use a laptop or a desktop, rather than a mobile device to complete this registration.
- By email – Families can download the Elementary School Registration Form at www.yrdsb.ca/Kindergarten and email the completed form to their school email address. Email addresses can be found on the school website.
- By phone – Families can request support from the school Principal/Vice-Principal to complete the registration form on their behalf by collecting the required information by phone. Families can request an interpreter, if needed, during this phone conversation. Call your local school.
- By mail or appointment. You can mail completed applications to the school, or request an appointment to drop-off your completed paper application form. Families are asked to follow all school COVID-19 protocols while on site. All permitted visitors must wear a mask.
Please note, at this time, under our health and safety protocols, we cannot accept walk-in registrations.
Once you have completed your application, the school will contact you to make an appointment to review and verify the required documents.
Our Kindergarten programs are caring and welcoming where children learn through exploration, play and inquiry. You can learn more at www.yrdsb.ca/Kindergarten. We look forward to welcoming our new students and families to the school.
We have received notice from the Ontario Ministry of Education that the closure of all Ontario schools will be extended as outlined below. During this period, all students will continue to participate in online learning. This is in an effort to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
All elementary schools will be closed to students until January 25, 2021. All students will participate in online learning during this time. Elementary schools are expected to reopen to students for in-person learning on January 25, 2021.
All secondary schools will continue to be closed to students and reopen January 25, 2021 as previously announced. Students will continue to participate in online learning during this time.
Before and after care programs will not operate while schools are closed to students. For child care programs, please check with your child care provider.
Special Education Elementary
During the last several months, beginning with an online summer program for students with Developmental Disabilities and students with Autism, Principals, Teachers and Educational Assistants have been providing meaningful and engaging online learning opportunities to students with special education needs. Thousands of students with special education needs have been enrolled in our elementary and secondary virtual schools since school began this year and many more are currently waiting for virtual school placement for the rest of the 2020-2021 school year. We are currently accommodating hundreds of students with community class placements in online learning programs and achieving excellent outcomes.
Most students with special education needs will be learning remotely during this period. In order to reduce the spread of COVID19, in-person learning should be reserved for a small group of students that cannot be accommodated through remote learning. We are working towards providing in-person learning opportunities for students whose significant needs cannot be accommodated with online learning. School teams will contact families on January 11, 2021 to offer in-person learning to those students whose needs cannot be accommodated online. Asynchronous learning opportunities will continue to be offered during this planning period. Transportation details for those students requiring face-to-face learning and additional information regarding special education will be communicated separately.
Resources for Families
Families looking for assistance in navigating online tools can find resources available on the Board website. Families looking for virtual school IT support are encouraged to visit our Virtual School IT Support page for FAQs and a student tech help form. The provincial government has also established financial support for families during this temporary remote learning period through its Support for Learners program.
You may be concerned about your child’s emotional well-being. You can find tips on how to speak to your child about COVID-19 on our website as well as mental health supports.
Thank you for your ongoing support and patience. We will continue to share updates and information with you as it becomes available. You can also follow the Board’s Twitter feed: @YRDSB, or for information about YRDSB’s reopening plan, visit: www.yrdsb.ca/school-reopening.